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Northwest Minn. woman who allegedly set her restaurant on fire charged with felonies

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HALLOCK, Minn. — The owner of a northwest Minnesota restaurant accused of setting her own business on fire has been charged with first-degree arson and insurance fraud.

Tamara Marie DeVore, 50, allegedly started a fire at the Caribou Grill in Hallock, 20 miles south of the Canadian border in far northwest Minnesota. Devore was spotted on security camera footage near the scene of the fire on Thursday, Feb. 21, according to a fire marshal report.

DeVore is seen repeatedly entering and exiting a storage room with nothing in her hands, and then leaves the area two minutes before heavy smoke fills the room. Customers at the bar escaped the building and called 911.

DeVore, whose attorney could not immediately be reached for comment, had her first court appearance on Monday, Feb. 25, where she was formally charged with insurance fraud and first-degree arson, which means a fire was started intentionally and the person knew people were inside. Both charges carry up to 20 years in prison.

The Kittson County Sheriff's Office said attempted manslaughter charges were also considered.